Woods confirms he’ll play Memorial

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods wait on the tenth tee during a skins game prior to the start of the 2009 Memorial Tournament.

Tiger Woods has just confirmed on his Web site what another Web site announced a day earlier – that he would play in next week’s Memorial Tournament.

“Although I’m not 100 percent, I feel much better and look forward to competing,” Woods announced in a release.

Woods was struggling with his game and a sore neck when he withdrew during the final round of The Players Championship May 9. A few days later he had an MRI that revealed he had an inflamed neck joint.

“The doctors advised me to take a week off and rest, which I did,” Woods stated. “They prescribed physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and soft-tissue massages, which I’m continuing with.”

Woods roared to a final-round 65 last year to win a fourth Memorial. But he’s hardly been in that sort of form of late, having missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship and withdrawing from The Players.

Woods said nothing on his Web site about taking part in the exhibition Skins match with tournament host Jack Nicklaus next Wednesday. But the Golf Channel Web site reported that Tuesday and since they were spot on about Woods playing in the Memorial, why not assume we’ll see Woods joining Nicklaus and others.

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